Civil registration and vital statistics are important elements in the definition of a social body, the primary object whose health and well-being is the aim of social medicine. The failure of the federal government to organize a national system of civil registration in the Confederation era is placed in the context of a variety of sources of pressure for it to do so from doctors, social reformers, and provincial and municipal officials.

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Journal Canadian bulletin of medical history = Bulletin canadien d'histoire de la médecine
Citation
Curtis, B. (2004). Sanitary medicine and the social body: the case of national civil registration and statistics in Canada, 1855-75. Canadian bulletin of medical history = Bulletin canadien d'histoire de la médecine, 21(1), 73–101.